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Coach Says Point Guard Shane Rector Is Under-recruited; Kamall Richards Planning Visits
Shane Rector has been at South Kent (Conn.) for more than a month now and head coach Kelvin Jefferson is fairly shocked that the 2013 point guard isn’t being more heavily recruited.
“Tom Konchalski wrote his report and called him a 5-minus,” Jefferson told SNY.tv. “He rated him high. [But] he’s very under-recruited. The recruitment is slow.”
When the 6-foot-1 Rector left St. Raymond’s in The Bronx, he reportedly held offers from Providence, Hofstra, UMass and Dayton, but Jefferson said only one high-major school is involved.
“Arizona State was the only high-major to come in to recruit him but they haven’t offered yet,” he said.
Providence, Xavier and St. Bonaventure have also show interest, yet Jefferson thinks his upside is high.
“He’s definitely a high-major kid,” Jefferson said. “He could be really good. There’s not too many guys that handle the ball as well as he does. With his dribble he can get anywhere on the court that he wants to get.
“He really shares the ball, can really, really pass it and puts the ball anywhere guys need it to score. He has one of the better mid-range jumpers I’ve seen and he can get to the foul line area and knock down jump shots consistently.
“He’s been here five weeks now and he’s stronger. He’s very athletic and he’s become a vocal leader.”
Asked why he’s so under-the-rader, Jefferson said, “I don’t know. People just don’t know.”
South Kent also has 6-5 former St. Benedict’s Prep shooting guard Kamall Richards, who now holds offers from Penn State, St Joe’s, Xavier and Duquesne, with interest from Providence and Illinois State.
He has already visited Penn State and is setting visits to St. Joe’s, Xavier and Duquesne.
Richards blew up this summer on the AAU circuit with strong play at the Reebok Breakout Challenge.
“Kamall has a chance to be really good,” Jefferson said. “He shoots it better than I intiaily thought. He’s as tough as anybody I’ve coached. He’s just a competitor. He rebounds from the guard postion better than anybody I’ve ever had.
“With Kamall he needs to bring it every day and work hard. If he does that he’s got a chance to be really good.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.